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Review: JBL Synchros Reflect in-ear headphones

3 hours ago | Posted in: audio

All headphones are not created equally, especially when it comes to use during vigorous activities or workouts. Over-the-ear headphones are cumbersome and in the way, but in-ear versions can constantly pop out making them a hassle to constantly manage. So what is left for people that need entertainment during their workout routines? JBL offers a potential solution with the Synchros Reflect in-ear headphones. But are the Synchros Reflects something worthy of considering, or are they just another hindrance to deal with? Find out in our review.

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Haier unveils smartwatch aimed at keeping children safe

12 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Haier has revealed its own attempt at the smartwatch concept, but one which has a specific purpose in mind. Revealed earlier this week at the IFA Global Press Conference, the unnamed device will allow for the wearer to be tracked and communicated with by a smartphone user, with it aimed at helping keep children as well as older members of society safe.

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Collapse of Time Warner Cable, Comcast merger evolved over months

13 hours ago | Posted in: industry

This past Friday, the Comcast Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger was officially canceled. A report by Bloomberg Business indicates the resistance by both the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been in play for quite a bit longer than just the week prior to when the deal was nixed.

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European Commission selects complainants for case against Google

13 hours ago | Posted in: industry

The European Union's first antitrust case against Google -- where the advertising giant is accused of giving more prominence in search results to its own shopping comparison services than competitors -- will include 19 companies as complainants, giving them the ability to see and comment on the full list of charges leveled against Google. However, a number of the companies are not directly involved in online shopping, suggesting that the charges brought against Google could be more wide-ranging than previously suspected.

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Briefly: Google stops selling Nexus 7, Possible Google Glass 2 at FCC

14 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Google is no longer selling the Nexus 7 through its online store. Spotted by Talk Android, the product listing for the Android tablet shows the message "The Nexus 7 is no longer available for purchase," and the tablet does not appear in the main products menu anymore. The Nexus 9, the company's larger tablet produced by HTC, remains unaffected and is now the only tablet sold in the store.

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Acer Predator gaming PCs, notebooks, Android tablets coming Q3, Q4

Fri April 24, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming, gadgets

Acer revealed more than its new device launches at yesterday's event, teasing to attendees some upcoming gaming devices. A collection of distinctive systems under the existing "Predator" name were unveiled, which will include high-specification notebooks and PCs as expected, but it will also count an Android tablet built for gaming as part of the same product range.

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Luxottica CEO claims Google working on second version of Glass

Fri April 24, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets

Google is working on a second generation of its Glass headset, the head of Luxottica has claimed. Massimo Vian, CEO of the Italian glasses producer, told attendees of the company's general meeting that a second version is under development with a future third variant of the smart headwear also being discussed by project engineers at the search giant.

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Briefly: Cricket adds calls to Canada, Swiss Post drone deliveries

Fri April 24, 2015 | Posted in: industry, gadgets, mobile phones

Cricket Wireless is upgrading some of its plans to include unlimited international calls and texts to Canada. The $50 Smart Plan and the $60 Pro Plan will gain the extra calling option, joining its existing Mexico calling option, with both new and existing customers receiving the benefit. Customers on the $25 Talk & Text and $40 Basic plans will not receive the upgrade.

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Daily Deals: Crucial 960GB SSD, Jongo T2 speaker, Garmin Vivofit

Fri April 24, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, digital imaging, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad, iPad apps

Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where we search online and offline retailers for discounts, offers, and sales on an array of hardware and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today, we cover the still-active deals from throughout the week, while the new deals list includes a sub-$300 960GB SSD, the Pure Jongo T2 wireless speaker, and the Garmin Vivofit fitness band.

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Ahrendts in China, lines at boutique locations for Apple Watch launch

Fri April 24, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, Apple

While Apple has since abandoned its former April 24 retail launch day for the Apple Watch due to a global sellout, a few select stores -- almost entirely third-party fashion boutique sellers who secured allotments early -- are said to have or have had actual stock of Apple Watches to sell. Customers hoping to score one today are lining up outside these shops, even as Apple Retail chief Dame Angela Ahrendts spent the day in China.

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Samsung teases round face for next Gear smartwatch

Fri April 24, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, software, developer

The next smartwatch from Samsung is likely to have a round face, if a teaser image in a press release is to be believed. A release inviting developers to sign up for early access to a software development kit (SDK) for the manufacturer's "Next generation of the Gear device" has a supplementary image accompanying it, depicting a variety of round faces, strongly suggesting the watch will have one as well.

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Plug officially pulled on Time Warner Cable and Comcast merger

Fri April 24, 2015 | Posted in: Investor, industry

As expected, Comcast and Time Warner Cable have both walked away from the blockbuster merger deal, citing governmental resistance from the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission. In a statement about the collapse, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said that "we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but we structured this deal so that if the government didn't agree, we could walk away."

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Briefly: Google Maps image insults Apple, X-Files HD hits Netflix US

Fri April 24, 2015 | Posted in: industry, Graphics/Web Design

Users of Google Maps may find an odd image if they search Pakistan. Team Android reports someone has inserted an image of the Android mascot urinating on the Apple Logo. While it is unlikely to be an addition by a Google employee, it is possible that the image was added as part of Map Maker, a system that allows users to submit edits to the map for inclusion into the main Google Maps service, with the insulting image possibly overlooked during moderation.

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Apple Watch Sport laid bare in disassembly by iFixit technicians

Fri April 24, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, Apple

As is the norm for the iFixit crew, a teardown of a new Apple device has been accomplished -- this time, the 38mm Apple Watch Sport is on the disassembly bench. Alongside the breakdown, the company has disclosed the chipsets accompanying the watch, with a mix of new and old technologies combined in the device. In addition to well-known components, a couple of new discoveries were made.

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Apple Watch: now shipping, Watch App Store opens, Ion-X scratch test

Thu April 23, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, iPhone apps, Apple

There are an indeterminate number -- possibly as high as a couple of million -- very early pre-order customers who are very excited today, having received confirmation from Apple that their order for the Apple Watch has shipped. Various forms of evidence, from emails from the company notifying buyers of the status change to UPS alerts with tracking numbers has confirmed that a number of customers who got in early should be receiving their Watch order on or about April 24, the original planned public debut day.

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Acer Chromebook 15 CB3-531 offers 15.4-inch display, $200 price tag

Thu April 23, 2015 | Posted in: computers

Acer has added another model to its 15-inch Chromebook range, this time one focused on users with tight budgets. The Chromebook 15 CB3-531 keeps the same 15.6-inch 1366x768-resolution display as its stablemates, but Acer has managed to refine the specifications list enough to make the Chrome OS notebook cost a relatively low $200.

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Microsoft profits down on reported revenue rise to $21.7 billion

Thu April 23, 2015 | Posted in: Investor, industry

Microsoft today announced that revenues for the quarter that ended March 31 grew to $21.7 billion. Net income, however, was a bit less than expected, coming in at $5 billion -- a 12 percent drop from the same quarter a year ago. These financial results include $190 million of integration and restructuring expense related to Microsoft's turnaround plan, and the ongoing integration of the Nokia Devices and Services business.

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Amazon continues trend, posts $57 million loss on $22.7 billion sales

Thu April 23, 2015 | Posted in: Investor, industry

Despite posting sales figures of $22.7 billion, e-retailer giant Amazon has posted a net loss of $57 million in its first quarter of business of 2015. Net sales increased 15 percent to $22.72 billion in the first quarter, compared with $19.7 billion in first quarter 2014. Excluding the $1.3 billion unfavorable impact from changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, net sales increased 22 percent compared to first quarter 2014.

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Google profit growth slows; capital expenditure, worker rolls grow

Thu April 23, 2015 | Posted in: Investor, industry

Google today announced financial results for the quarter that ended on March 31. Google's first quarter revenue was $17.3 billion, up 12 percent from the same time period of 2014. Income for the company hit $3.6 billion, up from $3.5 billion, sitting in the middle of its own guidance, as well as meeting Wall Street estimates.

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Acer launches two Iconia tablets, brings Liquid M220 smartphone to US

Thu April 23, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, mobile phones

Acer has revealed two new Iconia tablets as part of its device launches today, as well as bringing one smartphone to the United States for the first time. The Iconia Tab 10 is a tablet aimed at education, the Iconia One 8 offers advanced touch capabilities, and the Liquid M220 smartphone running Windows Phone 8.1 will be arriving in Microsoft Stores in the coming months.

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Comcast, Time Warner Cable deal near death; may be slain tomorrow

Thu April 23, 2015 | Posted in: Investor, industry

Facing stiff opposition from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), as well as staunch opposition from the Department f Justice and members of Congress, Comcast is reportedly going to drop plans to acquire Time Warner Cable. A final decision will be made today, and an announcement of the breakdown could be as soon as Friday, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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Daily Deals: Sony Action Cam, 3D scanner, Seagate 4TB NAS

Thu April 23, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming, gadgets, digital imaging, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad, iPad apps

Welcome to Daily Deals, that time of the day when the staff of MacNN and Electronista search the Internet for sales, discounts, and offers, compiling the more notable items into a single post. The usual recap of still-active deals is joined by a Sony Action Cam, a 3D scanner, a Seagate 4TB NAS, and a new way to discover deals for yourself.

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Nokia courting Apple, others to buy Here mapping tech, reports claim

Thu April 23, 2015 | Posted in: industry, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Apple and a number of other companies -- including Facebook, Amazon, Sirius XM, and China-based services Alibaba and Baidu are among many other firms being targeted by Nokia as it prepares to sell off its Here mapping service and technology. While Apple has periodically purchased map technology that can be integrated with its Apple Maps service in the hopes of eventual public transit data, Nokia may be overvaluing the deal.

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Briefly: Amazon trials delivery to cars, Carphone Warehouse iD launch

Thu April 23, 2015 | Posted in: industry, mobile phones

Amazon is working with Audi to test home deliveries using the customer's car as storage. According to Ars Technica, Audi owners provide Amazon with an approximate location for where their car will be during a specific delivery window. A DHL delivery person will receive a one-time code to access the trunk of the car, allowing them to leave the parcel and close it, preventing access from anyone but the vehicle's owner. The trial will start next month in Munich, and is open to Amazon Prime members owning a compatible car.

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Researchers uncover flaw in fingerprint security in Android devices

Thu April 23, 2015 | Posted in: security, mobile phones

The fingerprints of owners of some Android smartphones could be acquired by hackers, researchers claim. A flaw, said to affect the Samsung Galaxy S5 and other unnamed Android devices, allegedly allows an attacker to copy the biometric data on the device itself, suggesting that fingerprint-based security on Android is not as secure as first thought.

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Ricoh adds GPS, 'Pixel Shift Resolution' to Pentax K-3 II camera

Thu April 23, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

Ricoh has launched an updated version of its Pentax K-3 digital SLR from late 2013, improving a few elements while keeping the rest the same. Just like the original, the Pentax K-3 II has a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, but this time Ricoh has introduced a Pixel Shift Resolution system, which uses the camera's shake reduction mechanism to move the sensor in single-pixel increments and capturing four images, combinable into one higher resolution photograph.

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